TV and Video Journalism

Week 2: Sequencing and using the Mojo kits

The theme for this lecture was looking at sequencing and the effective ways it can be used in an interview. Sequencing is where there is three consecutive shots of the same place or thing but in a slightly different shot size. This creates a connection to form the scene.

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We had a go at filming our own interviews and sequencing shots. I filmed the interviewee talking about what they liked about the University using the rule of thirds. To create my sequence, I then filmed a shot of the University grounds, the building, and a welcome sign which I linked together during editing using IMovie.

Looking at what went well, all the shots were in focus, had balanced exposed and were straight. On reflection, it would have been interesting to have varied the shot sizes, as I used mainly wide shots, this would have added dynamic contrast alongside the interview. The feedback I received was that, there needs to be more interest in each sequence shot, so perhaps to have students moving in the background rather than a stillness which you get from having stationary objects. Next time, I will think more about my audience and what they will enjoy.

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TV and Video Journalism

Week 1: Critical Reflection and introduction to Mojo Kits

In the first lecture, we were asked to shoot a short interview. This was an introduction to using the equipment, and getting to grips with different camera angles. We also looked at the rule of thirds and to keep in mind this concept when shooting any interviews.

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When filming the interview I chose a mid-shot with the interviewee slightly to the right of the lens and greenery in the background to set the scene and make it more aesthetically pleasing for the audience. The feedback on what went well was that, the overall lighting was clear and the picture was not over exposed. However, next time it would be better to make sure there is more lighting on the interviewees face and that they are not in shadow. It was difficult to film under bright light, so it is essential to bear in mind the position of the sun, as this could spoil the interview.

In future, I will make sure that I show more of what is happening in the background to add depth of field and create an environment. Occasionally, the interviewee looked directly at camera and so it is important to get them to talk to the side of it to create a more natural response.